Happy New Year, my readers! Yes, I know I’m late, but I beg your forgiveness as I struggle to be a more productive force in my own life. I will explain below (Side note: To save you all the trouble, I don’t have any new year’s resolutions):
Recently, I found that I have been going to bed later than usual. While I still get things done, I noticed that my reaction time (to assignments and requests) has been delayed. So I sat down [my reason for the late greetings 🙁 ] and spent a little time to assess reasons for my newly found lack of productivity.
Technology and it’s detriment
There are so many reasons for wanting to be productive. This includes, but is not limited to: a job, school, family life, or just trying to gain new knowledge. Unfortunately, there are various… “obstacles…” if you will that stand in our way and defeat us before we even finish a productive thought. And one of our greatest enemies, unfortunately, is the very technology that we idolize and depend on to make our lives better. So I conducted an experiment.
I put my phone away for one week. Yes, I put the dreaded thing down and refused to check Whatsapp, Facebook, and other social media platforms for a week. I noticed:
1) More time to accomplish tasks (we often check social media with the hopes of looking and then leaving; however, someone might send a message, or there might be a video of interest. “One minute” of social media gets translated into 30 minutes of pure loitering).
2) More rest (when I get in, I normally check my feed and respond to messages. In doing so, other conversations may start and other things of “interest” might pop up in my feed. Again, another 30 minutes to an hour has been lost).
3) Overall, more productivity (yes, I actually achieved more in one week than I would have in approximately 3 weeks).
Now, I am not telling you that you should throw out your phones and your computers; just highlighting that various technological
I call it “Faasbook” (“faas” is a term used in Jamaica to refer to someone who is inquisitive. e.g. You too faas = you are much too inquisitive).
variables contribute to our productivity (or non-productivity, depending on how you look at it). So create a way (a schedule perhaps) that dictates how much you get done in a particular time. I didn’t die without my phone (see, I’m writing a blog), and I think I can keep this up for a while! Will update you all on my progress!!
Jodi-Ann is an Environmental Studies POTENTIAL GRADUATE in Nova Scotia.